LSU DC Daronte Jones shares his plan for the defense, how he relates to players as a black coach
New LSU defensive coordinator Daronte Jones was introduced at a press conference on Tuesday, and shared his plan for the defense, which coach Ed Orgeron said would be a 4-3 alignment.
Jones said he learned a lot about coaching when he coached high schools in Louisiana, and added that he “grew into my coaching personality.” But the first key will be relating to the players.
“The players will see if you’re genuine or not.”
Jones said that there’s arguably more first and second-round NFL prospects at LSU than there are on NFL defenses, and added “You just have to develop them.”
“Players first, scheme second,” he said of his philosophy. “We want to put our guys in the best position to make plays. Attacking-style defense, dictate the terms and play fast. We want to do everything as violent as possible.”
Jones will also coach the secondary where he’s coached the majority of his career in college and the pros. Jones said his plan is that he wants to be sure everyone’s on the same page and the communication is sound on the field.
As a black coach, Jones shared his outlook for leading the players given the social unrest and racial issues around the country.
“Just continue to be myself,” he said. “I believe in building genuine relationships. We are in a relationship business and what we do as coaches is building that trust factor. So for a player to go out and lay it on the line for you, he’s got to one, be able to trust you, that you’ve got his best interest at heart. Can you relate to the person, and not just the player? And I think that has been one of my goals as I go to each program, or wherever I’ve been in the past and just building that genuine relationship. ‘Hey man, I care about you, I care about your future. I care about life after football for you. I want you to prepare to be not only the best team member you can be, but be the best man you can be so you can develop into the community and be the best father that you can be.’ When you can help mold young men into becoming men in society, I think it helps the overall compass of our overall culture and the issues that we’re facing in society.”